May 10, 2021 Subject:
I read this after watching Chernobyl
I read this book after watching the HBO series Chernobyl. I found it very interesting. The number of fission related incidents documented prior to the book being published in 1975 were incredibly interesting.
Additionally the author was entirely correct in his prediction that a significant nuclear related disaster would occur and that the odds of such a thing happening were not "1 in a million" as the Rasmussen report suggested.
Since publication of the book there have been 3 major nuclear accidents. Three Mile Island in 1979. Chernobyl in 1986. Fukushima (Japan) in 2010. An average of one significant accident every 15.3 years as of 2021.
The first two of these disasters were caused by internal factors. The disaster in Japan was the result of an earthquake and primarily the ensuing tsunami.
Reading the book it feels like the author is aware of what would eventually happen with Chernobyl. Not the specific time and place, but the tragedy of such an accident.
I'm not a big reader. I started reading this book after seeing it in a Wikipedia annotation. It just grabbed me and I read the entire thing. It's an interesting read for sure.